TIPS IF PREGNANT
TRAVEL TAKE SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS
OBSTETRICIAN and head of The Birthing Team Dr Howard Manyonga has urged travelling pregnant women and those with newborn babies to plan their travels.
While spending long periods on a bus, train or plane can increase the risk of complications in pregnancy, travelling during this festive season should not be a daunting experience, said Manyonga.
“The myths that exist are that air travel is not safe throughout pregnancy, but it is safe to travel without major restriction up to the end of the second trimester.
“But even with this, it is important to take heed of food-borne infections, dehydration, incorrect application of seatbelts, and any medical emergencies.
“Every pregnant patient faces a risk of developing unpredictable complications. Have your hand-held records or summary of your pregnancy with you and familiarise yourself with the location and contact details of the nearest medical facility should you need one in an emergency. In later pregnancy, carry a baby or mother bag with essentials,” he said.